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Aesculus glabra

Ohio Buckeye

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Aesculus glabra (Ohio Buckeye)

Medium-sized tree which naturally occurs in lowlands. This buckeye prefers moist sites such as river bottoms and streambanks. It will grow on drier sites, but much slower and will not develop as attractively. Large spikes of green-yellow flowers bloom in May. This is one of the first trees to leaf out in spring and one of the first to lose its leaves in the fall. Summer leaf color is dark green and fall color is often orange-red. In the fall, a spiny fruit capsule splits open to expose the familiar, shiny brown, round seed. Buckeyes are relatively disease-free and can live 80-100 years.

Additional Information:

20-40 Feet


20-40 Feet


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-7

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Rose Mallow (Hibiscus lasiocarpos), Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor), River Birch (Betula nigra), Golden Ragwort (Packera aureus), Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), White Ash (Fraxinus americana), Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Nature Attracting


Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture


Special Features


Sun Exposure

Medium Sun/Average Shade
Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Small Animals